Monday, September 25, 2017

Whiteside Mountain with Don Fisher

September 22, 2017
We had a beautiful Fall day for our trip to Whiteside Mountain.    Don was very informative and we learned a lot and enjoyed seeing some high elevation species such as Granite Dome Goldenrod, Mountain Holly, and Mountain Ash (which is not an Ash). 

Thanks to David Fann for these wonderful images of our day on Whiteside:

White Wood Aster

Talking about white tip on leaf of Minnie Bush

Dueling cameras

Indian Cucumber

Karen Lawrence's images from the day:

Granite Dome Goldenrod

going down


Dan and Granite Dome Goldenrod

David at work

Granite Dome Goldenrod




Mountain Ash with Berries

Narrow Leaf Bluet

Stunted Old Red Oak

Stan and Uprooted ground with trees

The Face


Valley below

Long wet wall

Don teaching


Don explaining


Bidens/ Beggarticks

White Wood Aster

Curtis' Goldenrod

Don and Witch Hazel

American Horehound/Virginia Bugleweed

Indian Cucumber

Indian Cucumber

Looking at Umbrella Leaf

Maple leaves turning

Mountain Holly

The Wall

White Snakeroot

Witch Hazel

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Bogging with Carrie Radcliffe on August 28, 2017

We enjoyed a nice overcast coolish day for August as we explored a restored bog in North Georgia.
These mountain bogs are very rare habitats and are also very threatened. One very dedicated group, the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance, has become the bog protectors and has worked endlessly to conserve these precious habitats.  Carrie is a major force in this organization.
We were fortunate to be able to witness how this bog has recovered from extensive damage this year from feral hogs.  Much has been done to bring back this rare habitat.  Carrie spent hours replanting the disturbed sphagnum and pitcher plants within.   Now exclosures have been built over the Pitcher Plants to keep them from being disturbed again.  We found a couple of blooms still on the pitcher plants and Cuthbert's Turtlehead,  Smooth Lobelia, along with lots of Boneset and Cowbane in bloom.  Thanks to Carrie for sharing this special place and for the incredible amount of knowledge she presented.

Bloom of Purple Pitcher Plant:  Sarracenia purpurea

Purple Pitcher Plant

Smooth Lobelia:  Lobelia 

Exclosure to keep hogs out of pitcher plants

Carrie Radcliff


examining Cuthbert's Turtlehead

Cuthbert's Turtlehead


 After our bog trip a group of us stopped by on the way out to take a look at Becky Branch Falls
Becky Branch Falls

Becky Branch Falls

Cranefly Orchid on trail to Becky Branch Falls